Telecommunication in Macao

Compared to the European Union, Macao is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +853, there were a total of 2.30 million connections in 2019. Among them were 2.18 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 3.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Macao is back. Around 86% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 30% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 327 webhosts, Macao is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 159.63 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Macao ranked 16th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 144.58 Mbit/second (7th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Macao comes 35th with a download speed of 47.81 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 20 Mbit was only enough for 11th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Macao from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Macao 2000 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Macao
Total
Macao
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users193,057.0030.14 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines123,469.0019.28 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars2.18 m340.57 %547.36 m122.31 %